Long-awaited improvements to the route between Cannington and Combwich are set to get underway in May.
A narrow footway currently exists for much of the C182 between Cannington and Combwich, with no dedicated room for cyclists.
Responding to the needs of local residents and commuters, the footway will be widened to provide a shared use footpath/cycleway on the 1.5km stretch between the junction of the C182 with Combwich and the new Cannington Bypass. The carriageway will also be widened and resurfaced with improved drainage.
The work is being coordinated to deliver EDF Energy’s proposed alterations to the Combwich Wharf junction that will be redeveloped to receive very large loads for the Hinkley Point C site. Undertaking the works at the same time avoids the need for future works and associated disruption to traffic in the area.
Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “This is a scheme that the local residents have asked for and will make life easier and safer for cyclists and walkers between Cannington and Combwich.
“The works are part of wider improvements to improve the condition of the C182 in readiness for the Hinkley Point C development. We’ve coordinated the work so we don’t have to disrupt road users twice, but apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
The scheme is part funded using contributions contained within the Hinkley Point C planning agreement and the Department for Transport’s £1.6million investment in maintenance of highways west of Bridgwater as part of the ‘Hinkley Deal’.
Initial works are set to start in early May requiring a small section of traffic lights on the C182 for approximately one month. The main works will start afterwards with the aim to be complete by November. The works will require temporary traffic lights, but these will be manually controlled to aid the flows of traffic on the road to reduce delays and inconvenience as much as possible.
To understand more about how the scheme will be delivered, and what to expect during its construction, please come along to Otterhampton Village Hall, Combwich from 6pm on Wednesday 4 May to speak to County Council officers and the contractor delivering the scheme.